The Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center Team at Our Holiday Part 2015

Learn More About The Team Below
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bellaI have been in the healthcare field for several years and derive great satisfaction in being given the opportunity to make a positive change in people’s lives. I want to make sure all of our patients are comfortable being with me or any member of the team. My style of patient care has been described as laid back, honest and friendly. I think it is important for patients to get 100% of my commitment, care and support every time I see or speak with them. I aim to give each and every patient the quality care and counsel they count on from our office. Seeing patients excited about their progress and the milestones in their improved health and mobility is rewarding! I know it is challenging anytime you start something new and I try to give to our patients what I would want in from a doctor’s office.

Bella Baum – Certified Surgical Physician Assistant – Send an Email

mikeAfter working 12 years in primary care, I was given the opportunity to grow as a physician assistant as apart of a unique surgical practice.  I was attracted to Garden State Bariatrics by the strong relationships they make with their patients before and long after surgery.

In addition to my responsibilities assisting each surgeon, I look forward to extending a helping hand to navigate each patient through the process by clearly explaining what is ahead while answering any question they may have along the way.

My goal is to make everyone’s life easier while doing my part to improve the quality of it.

I am truly excited each time I encounter a new patient as I understand that such decisions in life may benefit from someone who is enthusiastic about the transformation as I am.

I also look forward to seeing and meeting patients who have been with the practice for years as they provide valuable insight which I can pass along to others and possibly help when there is a need.

Finally, my background includes a degree in Exercise science and I will be readily available to develop tips tailored to your abilities to initiate or increase physical activity which will improve and maximize your performance.

Michael Caromano,  PA-C Physician Assistant

domingaI think my best quality is I am open minded, flexible, accommodating and very supportive. It helps because when you deal with Bariatric patients this is a big step, some of them are scared, some of them took years to even make an appointment. When you have patients committed to a life change, you want to make everything as smooth as possible and be there for them every step of the way. Patient’s tell me that I am their friend and there is an unexplainable joy I get being considered our patient’s friend. Seeing patient’s reach their goals is what I want for all our patients!

Dominga Thompson – Surgical Coordinator-Millburn Office – Send an Email

keishaDiabetes is one of the most life threatening illnesses associated with Obesity. Knowing that the patients have a chance of improving their quality of life is incredible to me. Patients may not suffer from diabetes or trouble with their vision, but may suffer from simple movement or trouble breathing. For me to see a patient be able to run, like the patient that shared the story of losing 100 lbs and just recently ran a 5k is truly amazing and that is what I love about our patients and those that reach out to us to see what their options are. 5-star service is at the core of everything we do and our team strives to get it ‘right’ the 1st time. When a patient reclaims their health, trusts us with their referrals or celebrates making Century Club here at GSBWC – I know we are delivering on our 5-star mission.

Keisha Smith – Front Desk and Billing Support – Send an Email

sharonWhat I like most about working with bariatric patients is the way they are learning to love life and themselves again. The smile on their faces when they realize there is a shining star, just for them, at the end of all of their accomplishments. When I interact with the patients, I like to make them feel as if they have known me forever, like a trusted friend. Once I see them smile back, I know I too have a friend. Most patient’s love my personality and my smile. I like making people feel at home – no matter the circumstance. My best quality is my patience. I am also a great listener and truly am interested and want to hear from patients what is going on, how I can help and them sharing their success stories.

Sharon Reed – Service Manager-Millburn – Send an Email

annaAnna has been making a difference for almost 20 years in her chosen field of nutrition and dietary counseling. Since earning her Masters from Indiana State University (MS RD) she has contributed to the health and well-being of thousands of patients. In mid-August 2010, Anna joined GSBWC and supports our South Jersey patients as our South Jersey RD for the patients. Her quiet demeanor, commitment to her patients and depth of knowledge in her field, combine to give each patient the counsel and guidance needed to transform their nutritional behaviors and enjoy healthy food again.

Anna Iyengar – Registered Dietitian – Send an Email

JulieWhat I like most about working with our bariatric patients is seeing the excitement they have at the chance of a new healthy life – free from many of their health issues. I think what our patients like best about me and what comes through with my work with all of our patients is my compassion and true desire to make them feel special – they are part of our family at GSBWC – not just a number.

Julie Mulch – Surgical Coordinator-Toms River – Send an Email

billingteamTo hear from the patients we work with about the success and new adventures they experience after having surgery is rewarding. Drs Bilof and Yurcisin have such a commitment to patients; and we work tirelessly to ensure billing/insurance payments do not get in the way. We work hard to match the effort given by the entire GSBWC team of compassionate patient care in our work. When we work with a patient’s insurance company we are advocates for the patients. Working together; achieving together; reaching a workable solution together—are the cornerstones of our billing team’s effort to succeed in all areas of the patient’s relationship.

Billing Team – Patient Billing Advocates – Send an Email


I truly look forward to working with the many patients that come through our doors on their way  to living healthier lives. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I educate our patients in preparation  for weight loss surgery and post-surgery. In addition, I am committed to working with all of our  patients to help establish healthier lifestyle habits for greater success in the long-term.  It is a great pleasure to be part of the caring and thoughtful staff at Garden State Bariatric  Wellness Clinic. It is also a great pleasure to work with our many wonderful patients.

Wynnie Hoodis – In-house Dietician

allisonHi, what really strikes me immediately as a new employee is the genuine concern, care, respect, and welcome that all patients are given.  The staff here are very helpful and everyone are a team player, all in effort to get the job done efficiently, and most importantly professionally.  With the five star standard of health care.

Allison Lorenzo– Billing Coordinator